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Vindication: A Life Of Mary Wollstonecraft

Vindication: A Life Of Mary Wollstonecraft

In this stunning new biography of the eighteenth-century writer Mary Wollstonecraft, Lyndall Gordon explores the life of a woman often criticised by biographers, historians and feminists alike. Gordon challenges such slanders, and portrays instead the genius of this extraordinary woman. The two-generation approach to her life examines not only Wollstonecraft herself, but also her effect on her daughters and heirs (Mary Shelley, Fanny Imlay, Claire Clairmont and Margaret Mount Cashell), and the ways in which they carried her influence into subsequent generations.
Gordon takes stock of Wollstonecraft’s life in accord with her own values rather than through the reputation history has given her. The author looks at her important relationships with Gilbert Imlay and William Godwin, and her ideas about issues such as the problems of communication between the sexes and parenthood. Through this brilliant study, Gordon, the author of biographies of Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Brontë among others, successfully reinterprets Mary Wollstonecraft for the twenty-first century.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Biography: Literary

On Sale: 19th January 2006

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781844081417

Reviews

Gordon's moving tribute brings alive the depth and complexity of the woman, and the intellectual debt that generations of Wollstonecraft's political daughters owe her to this day.' Melissa Benn - The Independent 'Gordon's biographical method is exciting. From this beautifully written book, Wollstonecraft emerges as a triumphant success, despite all adversity and slights of fate.
Ruth Scurr - The Times 'Brings alive the depth and complexity of the woman’
Gordon's biographical method is exciting. From this beautifully written book, Wollstonecraft emerges as a triumphant success, despite all adversity and slights of fate
Ruth Scurr, The Times
Gordon's moving tribute brings alive the depth and complexity of the woman, and the intellectual debt that generations of Wollstonecraft's political daughters owe her to this day
Melissa Benn, Independent
Gordon presents her subject with a freshness that makes the reader feel they are being introduced to this familiar figure for the very first time. The impression of newness is magnified by Gordon's use of overlooked and recently excavated souces which shed much needed light on the darker corridors of Wollstonecraft's life
Observer
It is the elasticity and range of Gordon's mind that make this biography so rewarding
Sunday Times